LOGO
  • Bryan Washington to receive Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence Jan. 30 at Manship Theatre

    The 13th annual Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence ceremony will be presented by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts. Houston writer Bryan Washington will accept the honor for his debut novel, “Lot.”

    Doors open at 6 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public, although reservations are requested at gainesaward@braf.org.

    The annual Gaines Award is a nationally acclaimed $15,000 prize created by The Foundation’s donors to recognize outstanding work by rising African-American fiction writers. It also honors the extraordinary contribution to the literary world made by native Louisiana writer, Ernest J. Gaines, who died in November 2019.

    Washington will read from his short story collection, which was selected by a national panel of literary judges. “Lot” is set in the East End of Houston and features a young man as narrator who keenly watches others as they desperately struggle or thrive.

    Washington’s fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Boston Review, and other publications. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Houston and a master’s in creative writing from the University of New Orleans. He is a lecturer at Rice University.

    During the Jan. 30 event, winners of the elementary, middle and high school writers’ competition will also be recognized. Winners include the following students:

    Elementary
    1st – Samara Bryant – Buchanan Elementary – 5th Grade
    2nd – Kirstyn Offord – Park Forest Elementary School – 5th Grade
    3rd – Aditya Sekharan – Highland Elementary – 4th Grade

    Middle School
    1st – Fuller Stevens – Sherwood Middle – 8th Grade
    2nd – Car’Liyah Carr – Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy – 8th Grade
    3rd - Z’yona Owens – Glen Oaks Middle – 8th Grade

    High School
    1st – Charlie Roth – Episcopal High School – 11th Grade
    2nd – Faith Wood – St. Joseph’s Academy – 12th Grade
    3rd – Madison Roy – St. Joseph’s Academy – 12th Grade

    Read more »
Back to Top
Facebook Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com